Planning on watching today's Redhawks and Redbirds game? Catch the action at CEFCU Arena in Normal, IL, as the Redbirds hosts this showdown at 8:00 ET on ESPN+. The odds for this non-conference game currently have the Redbirds as the betting favorite with the over/under line sitting at 138.5 points.


The Pick: Southeast Missouri State Redhawks +14

This game will be played at CEFCU Arena at 8:00 ET on Thursday, December 21st.


  • We have this one finishing with a projected score of 75-69 in favor of the Redbirds.
  • Even though we have Illinois State winning straight-up, we like Southeast Missouri State at +14.
  • The over/under is currently sitting at 138.5 points, and we like the over with a projected 144 points.

Can Southeast Missouri State Pull Off A Win at CEFCU Arena?

Today, Southeast Missouri State will play their 12th game of the season against Illinois State. So far this year, they have a record of 4-7. Looking back at their last ten road games, which also includes last year, Southeast Missouri State went 3-7. Against the spread, Southeast Missouri State is sitting at a subpar 1-7. Looking at their last ten games, Southeast Missouri State has gone 1-1 vs. the spread.

Looking at their over/under performance through 11 games, Southeast Missouri State has an over/under record of 3-5-0, with their games averaging 144.4 points per game on average. When assessing the Redhawks' performance in their last three games, their over/under record stands at 1-0, with their games averaging 151 points per game.

Southeast Missouri State is coming off a good offensive performance, putting up 80 points vs. Purdue Fort Wayne. This figure is more than their season average of 70 points per game. Leading the team in scoring was TJ Biel with 23 points. Rob Martin also added 22 points for the Redhawks.

The Redhawks' defense is presently ranked 176th nationally, allowing an average of 72.2 points per contest. Southeast Missouri State's defense is coming off a game in which they allowed the Purdue Fort Wayne offense to knock down 53% of their shots on their way to putting up 89 points.

Can Illinois State Secure a Home Victory?

Illinois State improved to 7-4 following their 69-64 victory over UIC. In their previous ten home games, Illinois State has a 7-3 record, including games from the previous year. Illinois State is currently below .500 on ATS, sitting at 2-4. However, in their last five games, the team has a solid 4-1 record vs. the spread.

Up to this point, games involving Illinois State have had an average of 132.7 points per game, with the average over/under line set at 144.4 points. Their over/under record is 2-4-0. In their most recent three games, the Redbirds' over/under record is 1-2, with their games averaging 127 points per game.

The Illinois State offense is coming off a game in which they scored 69 points vs. UIC. Overall their field goal percentage was 58.1% while connecting on 3 threes. Leading the team in scoring is Darius Burford, who is averaging 12.9 heading into today's matchup. Additionally, Dalton Banks also maintains a PPG average of 11.2 heading into game.

The Redbirds' defense is presently ranked 60th nationally, allowing an average of 65.5 points per contest. On average, opposing teams are hitting 6.3 threes per game vs. Southeast Missouri State. This has come on three-point shooting percentage of 29.6%.